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Kentucky by Heart: Tiny Wickliffe community has a lot of ‘Hart’ and many treasured souls

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Wickliffe, Kentucky, sets along the Mississippi River, a couple miles from where the Ohio River flows into “Father of the Waters.” The town is a part of the Jackson Purchase region in the westernmost part of the state. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the Ballard County place has 688 residents and a total area of 1.2 miles. From my perspective,...

Kentucky by Heart: Rick Lee is fulfilled by sharing his passion for America’s World War II veterans

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist As a young boy, I was often held spellbound while listening to my father’s stories about his time in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War Conflict. The accounts he shared were compelling, despite the fact that he wasn’t called on to serve in the war zone overseas. He was married and stationed at Camp Pendleton, in California, and two months before his...

Kentucky by Heart: A bucket list that’s already been fulfilled, sharing a deep sense of gratitude

Bucket lists get a lot of media play these days, and I’d like to offer mine, created Kentucky-style. But rather than suggest things on a list that I hope to do before I die, let me do a switcheroo. Please allow this grateful fellow to share items that have already been fulfilled…Kentucky by Heart blessings that have, and are, riding high in the commonwealth. Let’s call it a “Kentucky Thanksgiving...

Kentucky by Heart: Tiny Wickliffe community has a lot of Hart and many treasured souls

    Wickliffe, Kentucky, sets along the Mississippi River, a couple miles from where the Ohio River flows into “Father of the Waters.” The town is a part of the Jackson Purchase region in the westernmost part of the state. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the Ballard County place has 688 residents and a total area of 1.2 miles.   From my perspective, it’s pretty...

Honoring Vets: Sandy Hart’s devotion to ‘true heroes’ is a powerful story of living unselfishly

On Veteran’s Day Nov. 11, Americans pause to celebrate all the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. In the days leading up to this official national holiday, KyForward pauses to celebrate some of the Kentuckians counted among those heroes.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Sandy Hart knows a good deal about what it means to give all of oneself to something important....

Everyday Heroes: Sandy Hart’s devotion
to ‘true heroes’ evident in military museum

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” New King James (2003)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Sandy Hart knows a good deal about what it means to give all of oneself to something important. As an example, we might start with her marriage, a lesson...